TWO-WEEK UNDERCOVER SCHOOL (W.S.C.J.T.C.)

Basic and Advanced Undercover School is an 80-hour training course offered to local, state, and federal law enforcement from throughout the U.S.  The school has conducted two yearly training courses every year since 1997.  Each class has approximately 40 students.  The two primary co-instructors, have combined more than 50 years of law enforcement experience with majority of their experience in specialty investigative units within local and federal law enforcement conducting and overseeing undercover operations through the use of undercover officers, confidential informants, and surveillance techniques. 

The school is a dynamic and hands-on training course that attempts to replicate real undercover scenarios experienced by investigators from throughout the U.S.  In addition to the classroom lectures listed below, students are exposed to four scenario days in which students gain experience in more than 30 scenarios during mock scenes using experienced undercover officers (as role players) who have previously completed the school.  On the final scenario day, students are assigned to a larger team and conduct a mock organized crime/narcotic investigation using a confidential informant, undercover officer(s), static and mobile surveillance, while using the training and techniques taught throughout the course.

Undercover School graduates are well equipped to engage in undercover assignments, as the supervisor, case agent, rescue team, surveillance team, or as the undercover operative. 

The following are classroom lectures students receive throughout the training:

UC Operations Overview – What, When, Where, Why, and How of Undercover Work, Surviving Traumatic Incidents, Identifying safety considerations and unique problems associated with undercover assignments, Psychological Pitfalls of Undercover Work, Identifying psychological challenges of undercover work and contact appropriate resources for counseling; Code 4 Northwest (Stress Management and confidential addiction treatment), Special Undercover Techniques - Identifying difficult undercover scenarios and demonstrate methods to get out of them safely and legally, Understand unique issues associated with women in undercover work, Demonstrate techniques for infiltration of certain criminal organizations, Hands-on Undercover Defensive Tactics for undercover's addressing lethal and other threats while working as an undercover, Case Management of UC Operations, Practice undercover operation planning and risk management principles, Confidential Informants Effective recruitment and utilization of informants in undercover assignments, Buy/Bust Operations – Planning an operation and identifying all the roles involved, Demonstrate briefing and debriefing techniques for undercover operations, Undercover Supervision, Understand and practice key issues in the supervision of undercover personnel, Prosecutorial Aspects of Undercover Cases - Understand prosecutorial guidelines, regulations, and entrapment issues for federal and state court, Narcotics Demonstration - Hands-on exposure to narcotics and how they are manufactured, distributed, packaged, concealed and regional narcotics and organized crime trends; Live demonstration of the process of cooking crack-cocaine, Technical Support - Introduction and demonstration of specialized electronic equipment in undercover operations and criminal investigations, Surveillance Techniques – Use of static and mobile surveillance techniques to see but not be seen, DISCernment Personality Test - Self-evaluation and identification of strengths and weaknesses through DISC personality testing.

 

Costs: $700

Location: Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center Burien, Washington

Hours: 10 am - 6pm

Hands down – the best training I have ever had. I wish it was longer and even more advanced classes to pick up where this left off.
— Matt Ledford – Mason County Sheriff’s Office
Great Experience. Thanks! I appreciated the opportunity to “taste” this side of police work and get a more clear idea of it. I actually want to do this kind of work.
— McNalty